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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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148                              BLA CK BE A UTY.
ings. We go to the New Church now, and that is rather further than she can walk."
" Thank you, sir," said Jerry, " but I have only taken out a six-days' license,* and therefore I could not take a fare on a Sunday ; it would not be legal."
" Oh I" said the other, " I did not know yours was a six-days' cab; but of course it would be very easy to alter your license. I would see that you did not lose by it. The fact is, Mrs. Briggs very much prefers you to drive her."
" I should be glad to oblige the lady, sir, but I had a seven days' license once, and the work was too hard for me, and too hard for my horses. Year in and year out, not a day's rest, and never a Sunday with my wife and children; and never able to go to a place of worship, which I had always been used to do before I took the driving box. So for the last five years I have only taken a six-days' license, and I find it better all the way round."
" Well, of course," replied Mr. Briggs, " it is proper that every person should have rest, and be able to go to church on Sundays, but I should have thought that you would not have minded such a short distance for the horse, and only once a day; you would have all the afternoon and evening for yourseif; and we are very good customers, you know."
''' Yes, sir, that is true, and I am grateful for all favors, I am sure, and anything that I could do to oblige you or the lady 1 should be proud and happy to do; but I can't give up my Sundays, sir, indeed I can't. I read that God made man. and Remade horses, and all the other beasts, and as soon as He made them He made a day of rest, and bade that all shoidd rest one day in seven; and I think, sir, He must have known what was good for them, and I am
* A few years since the annual charge for a cab license was very much reduced, and the difference between the six and seven days' cabs was abolished.
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